The war in Syria now in it’s 6th year. Almost 5 million people have fled the country, including one million Christians. Many more are internally displaced. We want to do more than just provide emergency relief. At Open Doors, our long-term goal is to support the Church in order to strengthen what remains (Revelation 3:2). That means helping the church to keep shining God’s love to all people, even in the darkest of times.
Here are just 6 of the ways we are working with the local church, to provide for over 12,000 families in Syria.
Many of the people who have fled their homes with nothing would otherwise starve even after finding a safe place. With limited work available, many Open Doors is supporting rely on food and relief packs.
Seeing the horrors of war can take a huge emotional toll on people and effect their mental health. Through trauma care training we are able to ensure these people receive care for this so they can go on. Many will need trauma support for the rest of their lives.
Through our local partners, we want to give people a hope for the future. Job creation, micro-loans and entrepreneurial training are all part of seeing people restored and able to provide for their families. Open Doors was recently able to invest in a new furniture factory, a pharmacy and a well with clean drinking water in Syria.
Men and women from local churches are showing Christ’s love in action. These people also need care so they do not experience burn-out and can deal with the trauma they are exposed to.
Many people do not have access to basic medical treatment. Open Doors is supporting clinics for people who need medical attention.
Of all the items that can get left behind in the chaos, bibles can be among them. Open Doors provides bibles and other Christian literature including children’s bibles to believers. We believe a relationship with Christ is the only eternal solution and want to empower the church to be a light in a time of such darkness.
Open Doors has launched a global, seven-year campaign to mobilise Christians around the world to bring hope to the Middle East – and we need you and your church to be a part of it. Here are three things you can do:
Pray. Order our free one family guides and youth group session to help pray for the Middle East…
Give. Send a relief pack to help displaced families in Syria…
Speak out. Sign the One Million Voices of Hope petition, asking for equality, dignity and responsibility for Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, which will be presented to the UN Secretary General in December. If you’ve already signed it, share it with others too.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.